Warriors blank Na Alii, 42-0
PUKALANI — Tiliti Adams and the Kamehameha Schools Maui football team spoiled King Kekaulike’s homecoming as the Warriors defeated Na Alii 42-0 on Saturday night at King Kekaulike Stadium.
Adams led the charge, passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 35 yards and one touchdown.
For King Kekaulike (0-3), Trey Hunter has been key for Na Alii’s offense and it showed as he got the start at quarterback for the first time this season, but a penalty and a couple offensive miscues forced King Kekaulike to punt on its opening drive.
The Warriors (2-1) took advantage of great field position as they marched 47 yards to score when Adams connected with Tristan Catan on a 13-yard touchdown with 8 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
After the touchdown, both teams combined for six punts as the offenses struggled to find the end zone.
Na Alii relied on Hunter as he carried the ball 16 times for 61 yards in the first half. With Hunter unavailable as a receiver, King Kekaulike was 1-for-6 for eight yards on passing plays.
Dane Abarra was a workhorse for the Warriors with 12 carries for 100 yards and three receptions for 66 yards. Adams went 8-for-14 for 146 yards and two touchdowns to help Kamehameha Maui stay balanced offensively.
The Warriors wasted no time extending their lead in the third quarter as Kapena Gushiken put Kamehameha at King Kekaulike’s 2-yard line after an 83-yard kickoff return. Adams walked in for a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Warriors up 21-0 14 seconds into the third quarter.
An Abarra 7-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard TD reception by Makani Smith-Kemfort gave Kamehameha Maui a 35-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
King Kekaulike’s offense couldn’t get much going after Hunter went to the sideline in the third quarter with an apparent injury. With Hunter sidelined, Na Alii’s offense went 0-for-7 through the air.
The Warriors took a commanding 42-0 lead after Noah Helm scored on a 4-yard run with 6:35 remaining in the game.
* Matthew Simon is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kamehameha Maui 7 7 21 7–42
King Kekaulike 0 0 0 0– 0
KSM–Tristan Catan 13 pass from Tiliti Adams (Sam Ostermiller kick), 8:58.
KSM–Tristan Ah-yat 10 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 4:25.
KSM–Adams 2 run (Ostermiller kick), 11:46.
KSM–Abarra 7 run(Ostermiller kick), 7:55.
KSM–Makani Smith-Kemfort 6 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 2:36.
KSM–Noah Helm 4 run (Ostermiller kick), 6:35.
Junior varsity–Kamehameha Maui 33, King Kekaulike 0.
W L Pct PF PA
x-Maui High 2 1 .667 88 54
Baldwin 1 3 .250 77 144
W L Pct PF PA
x-Lahainaluna 3 0 1.000 91 9
KS Maui 2 1 .667 71 42
King Kekaulike 0 3 .000 42 120
x-clinched first-round championship
Maui High 44, Baldwin 6
Kamehameha Maui 42, King Kekaulike 0
Friday, Sept. 21
Maui High vs. King Kekaulike at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Baldwin at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.